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dc.contributor.authorMathis, Cynthia Reneeen_US
dc.description.abstractThis single case study provides a detailed description of a 7-year-old sexually abused childâ s sandplay, describes prominent themes in the childâ s sandplay, and concurrent family transitions and events. Included are reflections and meanings that the therapist attributed to the sandplay. Child-centered play therapy was the guiding theory for the therapy.

Thirty-six consecutive therapy sessions are examined in this study. The therapy sessions were divided into three phases that were tied to significant life events and changes in the sandplay content and process, along with the therapist-child interactions were explored in each of the phases. There were many significant changes in the content and process of the childâ s play. He went from primarily using nonliving miniatures to using primarily living miniatures in his sand worlds. Specifically, the use of people and animals increased in his third phase sandplays. The categories of miniatures the child used also increased from one predominant category in the first phase to four or more miniature categories in the third phase. The childâ s sandplay moved from primarily static play to increasingly dynamic play. Changes in the childâ s play are linked to changes in his living environment.

dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectSandplay Therapyen_US
dc.subjectPlay Therapyen_US
dc.subjectSexual Abuseen_US
dc.subjectChild-Centered Play Therapyen_US
dc.titleThe Story of a Sexually Abused Child's Sandplay: A Single Case Studyen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US of Scienceen_US Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US Developmenten_US
dc.contributor.committeechairMcCollum, Eric E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRosen, Karen H.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGil, Elianaen_US

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